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2600 DeCSS Scans Collection

The Case

Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Reimerdes was the first test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a United States federal law.

The plaintiffs, 8 movie studios, successfully sought an injunction against the distribution of DeCSS, a program capable of decrypting content protected using the Content Scramble System (a DRM scheme commonly used to protect DVDs.) It was produced and released without a license from DVD CCA, the trade organization responsible for DVD copy protection. DeCSS was released in October 1999 on LiViD, a mailing list focused on producing programming tools and software libraries relevant to DVD use on Linux. The motion picture industry became aware of the existence of DeCSS later that same month and began litigation on a number of fronts.

On January 14, 2000, eight movie studios filed a lawsuit against Eric Corley (publisher of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly Magazine,) Shawn Reimerdes, Roman Kazan and 2600 Enterprises, Inc. The movie studios claimed that all three defendants, by making available DeCSS, were 'trafficking in circumvention devices', an illegal act under the DMCA. The studios sought injunctive relief in the form of a court order preventing the defendants from further publicizing or disseminating the DeCSS program, as well as damages.

In mid-January, shortly after the suit was filed, the Court granted a preliminary injunction barring defendants from posting DeCSS. This action allowed the court to prevent the further dissemination of DeCSS until the court could officially decide the legality of disseminating DeCSS. The court felt this precaution was necessary given that the movie studios supplied a reasonable argument that widespread dissemination of DeCSS would cause irreparable harm to their interests.

After the preliminary injunction was issued, Shawn Reimerdes and Roman Kazan both entered into consent decrees with the plaintiffs and were subsequently dropped from the suit. The consent decree that Shawn Reimerdes entered into barred him both from posting the code for DeCSS and from linking to other sites that did so. Reimerdes was originally sued because he hosted the source code for DeCSS on, a personal website. The consent decree that Kazan entered into was similar to Reimerdes'. Kazan was initially sued because he ran an internet hosting service that hosted websites offering DeCSS.

Eric Corley removed DeCSS from after the preliminary injunction was issued, but did not reach a settlement agreement. 2600 Enterprises Inc. was also added to the lawsuit after the preliminary injunction was issued. Although Corley removed the source code for DeCSS, in what Corley termed an act of "electronic civil disobedience," continued to host links to other websites that hosted the source code for DeCSS. By July 2000, they had compiled links to nearly 500 such sites.

The defendants sought to invalidate the DMCA itself on constitutional and other grounds. After a three day trial, United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan issued an 89-page ruling on August 17, 2000 upholding the motion picture industry's position and the constitutionality of the DMCA.

The Scans

In 2010, years after the close of Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Reimerdes, the 79 boxes of case files, evidence and materials related to the case were disposed by the EFF and, at the request of Eric Corley, given to Jason Scott. Stored for several additional years, these materials are now being scanned into this collection. Much of the material exists online in other forms, while others are being scanned and made available online.

To browse the Electronic Frontier Foundation's collection of this material, go here. This includes transcripts, documents, and other material included in this archive.


texts 156
movies 10

Additional Collections

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DeCSS 60
cca 45
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digital 38
confidential dvd 30
decss 30
universal city 26
copyright 21
internet 21
dvd player 20
universal 20
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css 18
eric corley 16
player 15
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interim court 14
motion picture 14
corley 13
court reporting 12
dvd players 12
encryption 12
intellectual property 12
mpaa 12
copy protection 11
dolby 11
movie 11
apex 10
city studios 10
copy 10
linux 10
pioneer 9
protection 9
reporting universal 9
video 9
audio 8
copyrighted 8
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dvds 8
region 8
source code 8
studios 8
web 8
intellectual 7
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macrovision 7
piracy 7
remote control 7
shawn 7
warner 7
code 6
consumer 6
deposition 6
object 6
players 6
region free 6
software 6
sony 6
assumes facts 5
cptwg 5
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ess 5
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ntsc 5
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users 5
valenti 5
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hack 4
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movies 4
napster 4
object code 4
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property 4
references 4
technical 4
toshiba 4
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vcd 4
bsa 3
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copies 3
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copyright industries 3
copyright owners 3
copyrighted works 3
deposition reporters 3
device 3
devices 3
disney 3
draft 3
dts 3
dvd audio 3
dvd solution 3
electronic 3
electronics 3
eric 3
exhibit 3
file 3
files 3
free dvd 3
hidden 3
hidden menu 3
hoy 3
hoy june 3
july 3
karaoke 3
menu 3
mod 3
motion 3
motion pictures 3
mpa 3
mpeg 3
operating system 3
pal 3
panasonic 3
pirates 3
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proceeds 3
proskauer 3
proskauer rose 3
reporters 3
reporting 3
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reverse engineering 3
santa clara 3
schumann 3
search 3
southern district 3
subcommittee 3
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unauthorized copies 3
usenet format 3
web sites 3
wipo 3
andrew 2
angle 2
apex digital 2
apex modification 2
appel 2
association 2
audiovisual 2
audiow 2
axy studios 2
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bearing production 2
bit video 2
biz 2
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ceo 2
circumvention 2
cmp 2
college students 2
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computer science 2
comretwk 2
consumer appliance 2
consumer electronics 2
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converter 2
copyright infringement 2
copyright law 2
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copyrighted materials 2
corley robert 2
corp 2
creative works 2
css technology 2
custom chip 2
dac 2
decryption 2
deponent 2
desist letters 2
digital music 2
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dino 2
dino cam 2
dinosaur 2
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Date Published
Apex Folder Part 1: SonyDVP S7000
Topics: sony, firmware, dvd, syscon, player, switches, pin, cca, manual, region, service manual, dvd cca,...
Apex Folder Part 1: DVDUtils
Topics: dvd, shinco, cca, player, digital, sony, audio, confidential, dolby, pioneer, dvd cca, confidential...
MP 3 BOARD V RIAA Plantiff's Complaint For Decl. Judgement
Topics: hypertext, internet, riaa, DeCSS, links, beatles, files, copyright, website, site, infringing,...
Universal V. Raimerdes Trial Volume 3 July 19 2000
Topics: dvd, warner, shawn, 2600 DeCSS Case, movie, decss, encryption, css, universal, southern, movies,...
Bruce Schneier Deposition Tape 1 of 2 (July 9, 2000)
Macrovision Analysis Of Recent DVD DeCSS Hack. Verdict: Not a Problem. Sent on November 15, 1999. "Currently, there are no cost-effective methods of re-distributing the 'hacked' content - either in packaged media or Internet transmissions. Cost-effective recordable DVD hardware will not be widely available in the consumer market for another 2-3 years. Additionally, the new recordable DVD formats most likely will not be backward compatible with existing DVD players or PC-DVDs. Without...
Topics: dvd, macrovision, css, Macrovision DeCSS, copy, recordable, content, hack, protection, consumer,...
Expert Report Of Peter S Fader PhD Regarding Napster
Topics: napster, music, jay, Napster, Fader, sales, impact, evidence, purchases, users, college,...
Testimony Depositions: Robert W Shuman 2000 07 11
Topics: schumann, dvd, studios, mpeg, decss, linux, universal, july, robert, corley, schumann july, robert...
Testimony Depositions: Mikhail V Reider 2000 07 12
Topics: reider, eyes, corley, mikhail, studios, universal, dvd, mpaa, internet, interim, universal city,...
Apex Folder Part 1: PersoLibertysurfFr
Topics: dvd, dvp, cca, player, jvc, luxman, biz, linux, micromega, panasonic, dvd cca, confidential dvd,...
Universal City Studios V. Reimerdes Trial Volume 1 July 17 2000
Topics: thp, internet, decss, DeCSS, universal, von, divx, dvd, shawn, uic, july, motion picture, web site,...
Apex Folder Part 1: CodeFreeDVDCoUk3
Topics: dvd, players, pioneer, sony, region, ntsc, info, cca, sonv, dolby, dvd players, region free, free...
Apex Folder Part 1: MailUK
Topics: dvd, pioneer, sonv, region, free, plaver, mod, sony, cca, dolby, region free, free dvd, dvd plaver,...
Gronich Exhibit Inter Video DVD Announcement And Gronich Declaration
Topics: dvd, linux, unauthorized, DeCSS, audio, software, video, decss, digital, users, intervideo, motion...
Testimony Depositions: Robert W Shuman 2000 05 15
Topics: schumann, dvd, decss, mpaa, linux, corley, universal, exhibit, johansen, robert, universal city,...
Deposition: JohnJHoy 20000622 Part1
Topics: dvd, hoy, cca, css, object, studios, iiq, corley, universal, interim, dvd cca, hoy june, eric...
Why The DVD Hack Was A Cinch November 2 1999
Topics: dvd, decryption, encryption, DeCSS, recordable, encrypt, software, decss, key, windvd, unlock
Bruce Schneier Deposition Tape 2 of 2 (July 9, 2000)
Deposition: AndrewWAppel 20000629
Topics: appel, andrew, web, decss, etal, objection, shawn, universal, code, object, universal city, appel...
Expert Report Of Peter S Fader On Napster File Sharing Fax Of Report
Topics: napster, music, jay, DeCSS, sales, impact, evidence, purchases, users, internet, respondents, main...
Survey Of MP 3 Usage Report On A University Consumption Community
Topics: respondents, students, cds, DeCSS, internet, usc, surveyed, graph, download, downloaded, napster,...
Apex Folder Part 1: LinkOnlineCoUk PioneerEliteDV 05
Topics: dvd, pioneer, output, cca, digital, video, confidential, players, region, dolby, dvd cca,...
Deposition: KennethAJacobsen 20000517
Topics: jacobsen, dvd, confidential, mpaa, decss, corley, universal, kenneth, eric, interim, universal...
Deposition: DaphneGronich 20000605
Topics: gronich, dvd, daphne, fox, privileged, mpaa, decss, cca, corley, dvds, daphne gronich, dvd cca,...
Testimony Depositions: Professor Franklin M Fisher 2000 07 06
Topics: prr, movie, franklin, studios, shawn, corley, fisher, universal, professor, confidential, professor...
Deposition: MattPavlovich 20000707
Topics: dvd, linux, pavlovich, css, bsa, matt, decss, livid, web, july, matt pavlovich, bsa matt, dvd...
Deposition: ChrisJDiBona 20000708
Topics: dvd, decss, linux, tlie, dibona, studios, die, deposition, tliat, vob, city studios, universal...
Di Bona Exhibit E Summons And Definitions
Topics: documents, concerning, decss, DeCSS, copies, including, document, deposition, communications,...
Apex Folder Part 1: Affrey
Topics: firmware, dvd, cca, drive, confidential, headquarter, region, oem, rpc, pioneer, dvd cca,...
Testimony Depositions: C Bradley Hunt 20000708
Topics: highly, dvd, mpaa, hunt, decss, corley, bradley, css, studios, universal, bradley hunt, universal...
Michael Shamos Deposition Tape 1 of 1
Report Of The Copy Protection Working Group June 21 1996
Topics: digital, analog, content, DeCSS, consumer, dvd, devices, protection, copy, encryption, data,...
Apex Folder Part 1: DVDLibraryCoUk
Topics: dvd, mod, cca, pal, kit, kits, modification, click, panasonic, ess, dvd cca, mod kits, remote...
Maria Falvo Memo To CPTWG WRT Subgroups July 31 1996
Topics: subcommittee, cptwg, subgroups, DeCSS, subcommittees, dvd, technical, memo, wrt, copy, bianca,...
Apex Folder Part 1: DVDMod
Topics: dvd, web, maxking, interfaces, cca, distributors, click, confidential, mod, browsers, maxking...
Deposition: BarbaraSimons 20000708
Topics: dvd, decss, deposition, barbara, universal, css, bsa, exhibit, studios, reporters, universal city,...
Deposition: OlegarioLCraig 20000705
Topics: dvd, hennessey, lange, corp, megabit, internet, ethernet, napster, file, transfer, hennessey corp,...
Testimony Depositions: Frederic Hirsch 2000 07 06
Topics: hirsch, decss, mpaa, frederic, dvd, recall, understanding, universal, dvds, corley, universal city,...
Apex Folder Part 1: CarolFlahertyEmailMustek
Topics: mustek, dvd, cca, digital, ohm, output, confidential, imaging, products, video, dvd cca,...
Apex Folder Part 1: Weikeng
Topics: semiconductor, cca, dvd, products, confidential, memory, components, hsin, vlsi, taipei,...
Apex Folder Part 1: vddv sales
Topics: dvd, player, contral, dolby, output, htm, vddv, vcd, yuan, disc, dvd player
Apex Folder Part 1: Wired
Topics: dvd, apex, player, users, menu, hackers, cca, controversy, hidden, digital, dvd player, hidden...
Apex Folder Part 2: Macrovision
Topics: dvd, ess, macrovision, apex, cca, hidden, confidential, menu, player, flaherty, dvd cca,...
Apex Folder Part 1: AltVideoDVD Usenet
Topics: search, dvd, plays, sweden, electronics, monyka, vcr, roxy, machine, kiss, dvd machine, post reply,...
Joint Reply Comments Of Movie Companies On Exceptions From Prohibition On Circumvention Of Technological Measures
Topics: access, circumvention, copyright, DeCSS, prohibition, congress, noninfringing, works, copyrighted,...
Livid Dev Working Player Key Cracker
Topics: oxdb, unsigned, char, DeCSS, static, int, ntry, vcandidate, oxf, memcpy, key, unsigned char, static...
DVD Protection Cracked But Irrelevant
Topics: warner, abc, news, DeCSS, bldg, dvd, thu, theater, nbc, toronto, thai
Apex Folder Part 2: DVD CCA
Topics: dvd, cca, css, license, licensee, interim, step, copies, send, dvd cca, interim css, css...
Backup And Restore CSS Instructions
Topics: backup, tape, workstation, DeCSS, sun, dat, restore, data, device, dvd, login, sun workstation,...
Michael Eisner Address To Variety And Schroeders Big Picture Conference Verbal Speech
Topics: internet, intellectual, property, DeCSS, dino, digital, dinosaur, walt, disney, movie, pirates,...
Apex Folder Part 1: vddv home
Topics: dvd, digital, player, dolby, output, vcd, karok, dts, video, disc, dvd player, dolby digital
Deposition: DrDavidSTouretzky 20000713
Topics: code, source, web, touretzky, universal, garbus, exhibit, interim, reporting, decss, source code,...
Deposition: MarshaKing 20000710
Topics: king, dvd, marsha, warner, universal, corley, interim, eric, movie, reporting, universal city,...
Memo From MPAA From DVD And VCD Seminar September 16 1997
Topics: customs, warner, thagard, DeCSS, september, baker, digital, pirated, combatting, vcd, dvds,...
Deposition: BruceScheier 20000709
Topics: deposition, corley, scheier, bsa, studios, bruce, depo, reporters, universal, encryption, universal...
Apex Folder Part 2: ValentiKeynoteCES
Topics: digital, valenti, surity, cema, movie, association, piracy, electronics, industry, fax, surity...
Apex Folder Part 1: Raite
Topics: dvd, search, raite, cca, player, macrovision, confidential, firmware, audio, players, dvd cca,...
Apex Folder Part 1: SmartDVDCoUk
Topics: dvd, converter, cca, ntsc, macrovision, pal, technologies, digital, smart, confidential, dvd cca,...
Deposition: PeterRamadge 20000714
Topics: ramadge, video, compression, mpeg, digital, dvd, compressed, downloaded, codecs, files, video...
MPA Fax Message Proposal For Access Services
Topics: tbt, illicit, mpa, DeCSS, supplied, scviccx, ptotlto, duutga, tad, fctti, ifre
Press Release MPAA Valenti Calls On Senate Committe To Ratify WIPO Treaties Protecting U. S. Intellectual Property
Topics: copyright, digital, valenti, DeCSS, senate, intellectual, wipo, industries, internet, ratify,...
King Exhibits Declaration Of Marsha King
Topics: dvd, encryption, css, DeCSS, movies, decss, llps, internet, digital, copyright, decryption,...
Various Hal Abelson Exhibits Summons Vitae Requests For Information
Topics: documents, concerning, decss, DeCSS, proskauer, abelson, llp, divx, dvd, deposition, internet,...
MPA Memo To Disney, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner June 24, 1997
Topics: dvd, burgess, rones, DeCSS, hollywood, washington, movie, incompatibility
Meet The Kid Behind The DVD Hack January 31 2000
Topics: dvd, jon, cnn, DeCSS, january, kid, decss, encryption, hack, linux, slashdot, dvd hack
Apex Folder Part 1: CodeFreeDVD
Topics: dvd, encore, remote, firmware, player, upgrade, region, cca, rom, drive, dvd rom, remote selector,...
Apex Folder Part 1: LinkOnlineCoUkPanasonicDVD A120
Topics: dvd, players, digital, ntsc, player, dts, info, dolby, cca, pioneer, dvd players, dvd movies, dvd...
Exhibits: BarbaraSimons 20000629
Topics: dvd, acm, ibm, decss, computer, documents, scheduling, css, concerning, san, documents concerning,...
Jack Valenti Deposition Tape 1 of 2 (June 6, 2000)
CSS WS Management Guide
Topics: css, data, protection, DeCSS, generation, directory, dvd, kpdp, key, stored, cca, issued key,...
CSS II Device Key Sets Assignment Process
Topics: device, key, licensee, DeCSS, replase, sets, input, directory, program, entity, assign, entity llc,...
If You Can't Protect What You Own, You Don't Own Anything Comments By Jack Valenti Before Congress September 16 1997
Topics: copyright, internet, liability, DeCSS, pirate, piracy, digital, intellectual, online, providers,...
Apex Folder Part 1: ICOS
Topics: philips, pioneer, sony, auto, dvd, sek, optimizing, cca, toshiba, manual, dvd players
Audio Week Bleak Prospects This Year For DVD Audio Specification
Topics: dvd, audio, khz, DeCSS, hybrid, pioneer, philips, converting, audiow, recording, references, dvd...
Apex Folder Part 1: HImage
Topics: dvd, himage, cca, digital, product, confidential, oem, kwun, umitod, player, dvd cca, confidential...